Policy

Acting on behalf of local women, we conduct regular policy work, including responding to calls for evidence and issuing briefing papers and consultation responses. We also keep a record of any upcoming NI Executive consultations of particular interest to the wider women's sector, which can be accessed via this page.


BRIEFING PAPERS
 
March 2016 - Brieifing on Department of Justice’s ‘Domestic Abuse Offence and Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – a Consultation’
outlines an ongoing consultation exercise from the Department of Justice (hereafter, DOJ) on domestic violence and abuse, which considers potential enhancements to victim protection and crime prevention in this area of offending. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
 
November 2015 - Brieifing on Review of the Role and Regulation of the Private Rented Sector (DSD)
Outlines an ongoing consultation exercise from the Department for Social Development (hereafter, DSD): ‘Review of the role and regulation of the private rented sector'. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
 
September 2014 - Briefing on Gender Equality Strategy 2006-2016 Review (OFMDFM)
Outlines in clear terms the content of the recently released midterm review of the Northern Ireland Executive’s current gender equality strategy. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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CALL FOR EVIDENCE PAPER
 
November 2015- Written submission on the Rural Need's Bill
NIRWN, as a member of the Women’s Regional Consortium funded through DSD, welcome the opportunity to submit our views and comments regarding the Rural Needs Bill.
Email Louise at NIRWN to learn more.
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September 2014 - Response to Review of Women in Politics and the Northern Ireland Assembly (Assembly and Executive Review Committee)
Draws attention to the main barriers facing women who wish to enter politics, such as the adversarial nature of our political system, while suggesting measures that could be introduced to encourage more women to seek election. Email Louise at NIRWN to learn more.
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CONSULTATION RESPONSES
 

February 2018 - Response to Department of Health Equality Disability Action Plan 2018 -2023
This response has been undertaken collaboratively by the members of the Consortium for the Regional Support for Women in Disadvantaged and Rural Areas.

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January 2018 - Response to DoF Briefing NI Budgetary Outlook 2018-2020
NIRWN's response to proposed cuts to rural affairs programming and the negative impact such cuts would have on already disadvantaged rural women.
 
December 2017 -  Response to: A Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations - Consultation on Proposals
This response has been undertaken collaboratively by the members of the Consortium for the Regional Support for Women in Disadvantaged and Rural Areas.
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March 2017 - Response to Children and Young People’s Strategy 2017-2027 Consultation Document
This response has been undertaken collaboratively by the members of the Consortium for the Regional Support for Women in Disadvantaged and Rural Areas.
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December 2016 - Response to Draft Programme for Government 
This response has been undertaken collaboratively by the members of the Consortium for the Regional Support for Women in Disadvantaged and Rural Areas.
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December 2016 - WRDA response to Draft Programme for Government
WRDA as a member of the Women’s Regional Consortium, respond to consultationEmail Katie at WRDA to learn more.
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November 2016 - WRDA response to the Executive Office Consultation on proposals for the withdrawal of two compendia official statistics publications - ‘A profile of older people in Northern Ireland’ and ‘Gender Equality Statistics’ annual publications
WRDA as a member of the Women’s Regional Consortium, respond to consultationEmail Katie at WRDA to learn more.
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November 2016 - Response to: ‘A consultation paper on proposals for the provision of strategic support to the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland 2017-2021’
This response has been undertaken collaboratively by the members of the Consortium for the Regional Support for Women in Disadvantaged and Rural Areas. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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September 2016 - Response to: Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Funding Model: Consultation Document
This response has been undertaken collaboratively by the members of the Consortium for the Regional Support for Women in Disadvantaged and Rural Areas. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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July 2016 - WRDA Response to Draft Programme for Government 
WRDA as a member of the Women’s Regional Consortium, respond to consultationEmail Katie at WRDA to learn more.
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July 2016 - Response to: Draft Programme for Government Framework 2016-21
NIRWN, as a member of the Women’s Regional Consortium, respond to consultationEmail Louise at NIRWN to learn more.
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July 2016 - Response to: Draft Programme for Government Framework 2016-21
This response has been undertaken collaboratively by the members of the Consortium for the Regional Support for Women in Disadvantaged and Rural Areas.
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April 2016 - Response to: Domestic Abuse Offence and Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – a Consultation (DoJ)
This response has been undertaken collaboratively by the members of the Consortium for the Regional Support for Women in Disadvantaged and Rural Areas.
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March 2016 - Response to Sustainable Rural Communities: Consultation Review of the Housing Executive’s Rural Housing Policy
NIRWN, as a member of the Women’s Regional Consortium, respond to consultationEmail Louise at NIRWN to learn more.
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February 2016 - Response to DARDNI's consultation on adopting online as the primary chanel of communicating and transacting between DARD and customers (DARD)
NIRWN, as a member of the Women’s Regional Consortium, respond to consultationEmail Louise at NIRWN to learn more.
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January 2016 - Response to DSD’s consultation on its review of the private rented housing sector (DSD)
This response is informed by women’s views and perspectives articulated during qualitative research engagement. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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November 2015 - Response to Delivering social change through childcare: a ten year strategy for afforadable and integrated childcare 2015-2025 (OFMDFM)
The Women’s Regional Consortium welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation, particularly as the draft strategy is explicitly framed in anti-poverty discourse and related narratives about the promotion of gender equality. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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August 2015 - Response to Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People in NI (DHSSPS)
Welcomes the Executive’s intent to develop cross-departmental strategic policy which aims at ensure the safeguarding of children and young people, but stresses the importance of developing this in a way which properly captures and addresses the complexity of interacting issues. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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June 2015 - Response to Social Housing Reform (DSD)
Welcomes the consultation exercise as affirmation of the Executive’s intent to address the regulatory requirement for ‘[future] rules and standards [in Northern Ireland], which [will] ensure that social landlord and tenant services are maintained and delivered at the right level’ but holds concerns about the claimed potential of the proposals to deliver on this front. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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Febraury 2015 - Response to Sharing Works: A Policy for Shared Education (DOE)
Welcomes efforts to increase opportunity for shared learning, while stressing that this alone will not be enough to tackle educational underachievement in Northern Ireland. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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January 2015 - Response to the Criminal Law on Abortion, Lethal Foetal Abnormality and Sexual Crime (DOJ)
Gives support to reforms that would allow for abortion in cases where the pregnancy is the result of sexual crime or there is a fatal foetal abnormality, but argues these changes do not go far enough. Email Orlaith at WRDA to learn more.
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November 2014 - Response to Future Support of Independent Living Fund Users in Northern Ireland (DHSSPS)
Raises concerns about the fate of vulnerable disabled women in a post-ILF environment. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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September 2014 - Response to Zero Hour Contracts (DEL)
Expresses considerable concern about zero hour contracts, particularly because they tend to be far more beneficial to employers than employees. Email Rosie at FWIN to learn more.
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September 2014 - Response to A Sense of Belonging - Delivering Social Change through a Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland 2014-2024 (OFMDFM)
Calls for robust action plans on racial equality, as well as drawing attention to the dearth of reliable evidence on the experiences of black and minority ethnic people in Northern Ireland. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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June 2014 - Response to Development of a Sexual Orientation Strategy and Action Plan (OFMDFM)
Welcomes the new strategy, but stresses that much more remains to be done at the level of policy, practice and legislation to effectively and sustainably promote and protect the rights of LGBT people in Northern Ireland. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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April 2014 - Response to Review of Apprenticeships Interim Report (DEL)
Argues any new model for apprenticeships in Northern Ireland should contain clear measures to encourage the participation of women. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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March 2014 - Response to Delivering Social Change for Children and Young People (OFMDFM)
Praises the attempt to combine commitments on children and young people into one document as ambitious, but argues that this approach risks combining too much from different sources, which could lead to some content becoming overshadowed. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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February 2014 - Response to Proposals for a Pension Bill - Equality Impact Assessment (DSD)
Raises concerns about impact reforming the pension system may have on the levels of pension poverty faced by women (and the population as a whole). Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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January 2014 - Response to Policy Options Arising from the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (DARD)
Lays out our views on a number of the suggested reforms and emphasises the need for gender issues to be considered when deciding future arrangements. Email Louise at NIRWN to learn more.
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January 2014 - Response to Future Arrangements for Consumer Representation in Northern Ireland (DETI)
Objects to a reduction in the role of the Consumer Council. Instead, advocates an enhanced role for the Consumer Council as the best way forward. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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October 2013 - Response to Development Proposals for the six EU Priorities for Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (DARD)
Gives our overall view of the programme, arguing that it needs to focus on the role and participation of women more clearly. Email Majella at NIRWN to learn more.
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